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Shawn’s 1977 Cadillac Coupe Deville

We first met Cadillac Shawn at LS Fest in 2017. He had a Cadillac. A BIG Cadillac. At LS Fest. And it was FAST. And it’s getting faster each year. Shawn contacted us after LS Fest with a desire to have the big unit leave straighter and with less drama. In true hot rodder fashion, Shawn did some research, took some measurements and started some discussion with our engineering department. After some careful planning he decided to give our 4045 drag bar a try. The dimensions worked out and anyone that puts a Deville in the 8’s can for sure do some drilling anyway. Here is the result:

Hey Ramey,

The new antiroll bar is working perfectly! The Caddy hooked on streetcar night with no prep, leaves straight as an arrow. Thanks!

Cadillac Shawn

*Owner/Driver: Shawn Gilbert from NE Ohio
*77 Cadillac Coupe Deville
*4000 lb race ready
*380 ci LSX platform. (GM LSX block)
*Trickflow CNC’d and hip’d 6 bolt 255 heads. Runs on pump E85 and I street drive the car.
*Callies CCW crank and billet rods
*Wiseco custom pistons (spec’d out by Victor Ellinger for 12.3 to 1 compression, gas ported with Trend pins.
*Turbo kit and headers custom built by Rick Trunkett @ Big 3 Racing in Hinkley Ohio
*Twin 71mm Forced Inductions spec’d billet wheel Borg Warner turbos.
*I built the TH400 in the car with internals from Perfect Converter Co and one of their custom built race converters.
*Moser bolt in rear end, has a back brace, aluminum center section, 35 spline axles 3.50 gears.
*Full interior, bench seat, column shifted.
*UMI adjustable rear anti-roll bar.
*Wilwood brakes all the way around.
*Viking DA front and rear shocks
*Frame notching for rear tire clearance was done by Natalino Monastra @ Modern Welding in Cleveland Ohio
*Best 1/4 mile ET 8.19 @ 169
*Best 1/8 mile ET 5.30 @ 136
*Best 60ft 1.23

Shawn provided the detailed information above and also mentioned his goal is to go faster in 2020. And we believe it. We’d also like to give a special shout out to our friends at Race Winning Brands and Viking. Great products yield great results!

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